The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Veterinary Medicine has announced a new National Antimicrobial Monitoring System Strategic Plan, "dedicated to the protection of human and animal health through integrated monitoring of antimicrobial resistance among enteric bacteria."
NARMS has four strategic goals: to develop, implement and optimize a shared database; to make sampling more representative and more applicable to trend analysis; to strengthen collaborative research; and to support international activities that promote food safety. The hope is that things like more representative sampling will catch more cases of contaminated petfood products before they hit store shelves. In addition, more oversight could check the conditions of food animals, preventing the overmedication that can lead to antimicrobial resistance.
The revised plan incorporates several recommendations made beginning with the initial program review in March 2007.
It gives more direct control to CVM in establishing and maintaining ingredient definitions
The intent was to educate regulators and industry about the Model Pet Food Regulations
The mid-year meeting addressed several regulatory matters affecting petfoods
The new US food safety legislation will also affect regulation of petfood
Processors should carefully develop, validate and implement an effective kill step to support production of pathogen-free petfoods
Safe, nutritious, tasty petfood requires careful handling and processing of raw meat ingredients
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